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03-14-09, 02:02 PM #1
Paraplegic man bitten by brown recluse spider can now walk again
He has been confined to a wheelchair for 20 years. Now a paraplegic man is walking again, and his doctors call it a miracle. CBS13 went to Manteca to find out how a spider bite helped get him back on his feet.
"I closed my eyes and then I was spinning like a flying saucer," explains David Blancarte.
A motorcycle accident almost killed David 21 years ago. At the time he might have wished he was dead.
"I asked my doctor, 'Sir what happened? I can't feel my legs'," said David.
Ever since, David's been relying on his wheelchair to get around. Then the spider bite. A Brown Recluse sent him to the hospital, then to rehab for eight months.
"I'm here for a spider bite. I didn't know I would end up walking," says David.
A nurse noticed David's leg spasm and ran a test on him.
"When they zapped my legs, I felt the current, I was like 'whoa' and I yelled," he says.
He felt the current and the rush of a renewed sense of hope.
"She says,'your nerves are alive. They're just asleep'," explained David.
Five days later David was walking.
"I was walking on the bar back and forth," he said.
Now David is out of the hospital and on his feet and walking.
David basks in his glory and gives a ray of hope to other hoping to walk again. The 48-year-old former boxer and dancer is taking it in stride, knowing his best days are still ahead.
David's dream is to see his 14-year-old twin daughters grow up and get married so he can walk them down the aisle and have that first dance.
03-14-09, 07:37 PM #2
Maybe one more bite and he'll be fighting crime!"If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
03-14-09, 10:35 PM #3
I wonder what caused that...No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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03-15-09, 12:47 AM #4
WoW that has to be a Miracle!!http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/f.../ukbluejw2.gif
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03-15-09, 12:53 AM #5
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03-15-09, 02:30 AM #7
WOW!!! I didn't know that the brown recluse spider was a native to California. Especially near my area. I always thought that they frequented the Southern US States. They must be doing wonders in Rehab here.
Paraplegic Man Suffers Spider Bite, Walks Again - cbs13.com
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03-15-09, 05:15 AM #8
Wouldn't it be quite the thing if after all these years of debating stem cell research, especially fetal, if the answer to the nerve repair part of that issue had been overlooked because the money had gone to pet projects instead of broad research?
Or maybe I just don't like science being directed by popular interest, including political. Probably that's it. Either way, I hope this case is investigated and doesn't end up being written off as a feel good human interest story and forgotten because it lacks that sort pet project status.
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holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
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03-15-09, 11:14 AM #10
03-15-09, 02:28 PM #11SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
03-15-09, 03:13 PM #12
03-17-09, 02:50 PM #13
My brother died last year from complications of spinal cord injury. He was paralyzed from the neck down due to a car accident. It took 14 years for the injury to take him. Over the years his body transformed from normal to very un-normal. I cannot imagine how a spider bite could heal a man in that condition, after that many years in a chair, in such a quick amount of time. Sounds like a miracle,but medically,it sounds impossible. If true,all i can say is wow,and i hope he enjoys his new legs.Please do not mistake my kindness for weakness.
03-17-09, 03:45 PM #14
I'm very sorry about your brother, mike01.
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